Support the Met Broadcasts

The Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in American radio history. 

Since 2004, the Met has relied on two major sources of funding for the Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts: Toll Brothers and a special Broadcast Campaign Fund that was raised by the late Beverly Sills when Texaco, after 64 years of sponsorship, dropped its funding. The Broadcast Campaign Fund, which included major gifts from the Annenberg Foundation and GRoW @ Annenberg and the Vincent A. Stabile Foundation, now needs to be rebuilt, and we are appealing to everyone for help.

Recognition & Benefits

Please show your support by making a gift today and please be as generous as you can. In appreciation for your support, we offer you the following:

  • $150+ Online access to encore broadcast recordings
  • $300+ Choice of a special Historic Broadcast CD
  • $1,000+ Invitation to National Broadcast Weekend at the Met
  • $2,500+ Recognition in Playbill and the Season Book
  • $25,000+ Leadership gifts receive special recognition
Your gift is very much appreciated and fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Leadership Gifts

Donors of $25,000 or more enjoy special recognition opportunities within the Opera House, depending on gift level, including a seat plaque in List Hall in the Opera House, inscription of the donor’s name on the permanent Support the Met Broadcasts Campaign plaque in the Opera House, and on air dedications in the donor’s honor. For more information, please call 1-212-870-4181.

A Proud Tradition

The Metropolitan Opera’s first-ever live radio broadcast, of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, was heard on Christmas day, 1931. Since then, there have been more than 1,800 Met broadcasts of nearly 200 different operas, and the series has won dozens of awards, including nine Peabody Awards, radio’s top honor.

The Met radio broadcasts are now heard over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

Spring Weekend for National Patrons and
Met Broadcast Supporters

This spring, the Met will host a special weekend for supporters of the Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcasts with a gift of $1000 or more, featuring an exciting lineup of performances and an exclusive look into the world of the broadcasts with the radio team and Met Broadcast Ambassador Deborah Voigt. We hope that you will mark your calendar to join us. Below, please find the productions which will be presented as part of the weekend. 

The 2021-22 Spring Weekend for National Patrons and Met Broadcast Supporters will take place between Thursday, May 19 through Saturday, May 21, 2022

Thursday, May 19 at 7:30PM
Glass Akhnaten—Season Premiere
Kamensek; Lárusdóttir, Chaieb, Costanzo, Blake, Liverman, Bernstein, James

Friday, May 20 at 8PM 
Puccini La Bohème
Kim; Buratto, Kurzak, Eyvazov, Kelsey, Samoilov, Testé, Maxwell

Saturday, May 21 at 1PM            
Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor—New Production
Frizza; Sierra, Camarena, Ruciński, Rose

Saturday, May 21 at 8PM            
Brett Dean / Libretto By Matthew Jocelyn Hamlet—New Production
Carter; Rae, Connolly, Nussbaum Cohen, Lowrey, Clayton, Philip, Burden, Imbrailo, Gilfry, Tomlinson

Event details to be announced at a later date.

For more information, please contact the Special Events office at (212) 870-7492 or specialevents@metopera.org.

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Thanks to our Donors!

The Metropolitan Opera is very grateful to all the donors who have made gifts to Support the Met Broadcasts.  The Met is honored to acknowledge Toll Brothers, America's luxury home builder, for its corporate sponsorship of the 2020-21 broadcast season.

The Metropolitan Opera remains deeply grateful to the Annenberg Foundation and GRoW @ Annenberg, The Neubauer Family Foundation, and the Vincent A. Stabile Endowment for Broadcast Media for their generous long-term support.

Gifts received as of February 20, 2020

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Contact Us

Support the Met Broadcasts Campaign
The Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023
1-212-870-4181

Disclaimer

Contributions to the Support the Met Broadcasts Campaign do not confer benefits or privileges and are fully tax-deductible. To learn about priority ticketing and other benefits of the Patron and Guild Membership programs, please visit the membership section of this web site.